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The head of the American Cancer Society rakes in how much money??

Posted by on April 11, 2012 in RCC News & Research - 25 Comments
MoneyBags

 

I read a report in the National Journal today detailing the salaries of executives at top trade associations and non-profit organizations. I suppose if the NFL owners want to pay Roger Goodell $11.5 million a year, it’s their money. Well, your money really — spent on bottomless cups of beer, tubs of peanuts and plenty of swag — but you get what I mean. It’s a free market. When it comes to charity organizations, though, I’m a little less Adam Smithy. Who knew how rewarding charity work could be — and I don’t mean spiritually or emotionally. Did you know that John Seffrin, the head of the American Cancer Society, makes $2,270,450 a year? (If you include bonuses and deferred compensation, it’s closer to $2.5 million.)

I give money to American Cancer Society. Or did. No more. I don’t think I’ll be running any Relays for Life either. They should consider changing the title to Relay for John.

Compared to the salaries of executives at top corporations, Seffrin’s isn’t mindblowng. However, he is one of the highest paid executives in Washington, D.C. —  which ain’t nothing to sneeze at. But that’s not really the point. The American Cancer Society isn’t a corporation competing in the free market and it doesn’t get its money from dues-paying members. It gets its money from folks looking to find a cure for cancer and who are willing to donate to that cause. That’s what all the fundraising letters I receive say, anyway: Urgent, help us find a cure for cancer! They say nothing about the urgency of paying bloated salaries.

Even non-profits need paid staff if they are going to be successful, and the larger the organization the larger the overhead. So I’ve got no beef with reasonable expenses going towards overhead and administrative costs, including reasonable salaries. Two-and-a-half million dollars for one individual, however, raises a lot of questions about the ACS’s judgment. A couple million dollars could fund a lot of research programs. You have to wonder how much money ACS is spending on all the other executive salaries in its nationwide organization.You have to wonder just how much money ACS is spending on actual cancer research, too.

Does ACS need to pay top dollar to recruit top talent? I’m skeptical. Most people don’t get into charity work for the financial windfall. And in any case, as a (former) donor I don’t really give a damn. Call me selfish, but as a guy with cancer I’d like to see my donations “to help find a cure” go toward, well, finding a cure – for cancer, not John Seffrin’s golden parachute.

 

  • L Sorenson

    Thank you for the very informative article.  I will definitely not be sending them any more money and no longer participating in the Relay for Life either …

  • Kshelley

    Agree with you completely.  And look up the American Red Cross if you have some extra time.

    • frontporch

      You’re right about American Red Cross. I remember when Liddy Dole( FORMER Senator) was chairman. She made some huge salary, but staff & field officers don’t make that kind of money. As for ACS… I was told some few years ago that the director was paid some exorbitant salary also. It is a real shame.

  • Mary Pendaries

    Great response, Chris.  I second every word.
    Mary

  • Renee

    Chris, My best friend in MO called and told me this and my Daughter looked it up and printed it out for me. She said this is the reason I was not getting anyone to give monies to relay for life, Because everyone out in MO new about where the monies went. Thanks for verifying what I needed to know, I was on the fence about going out to relay for life this year you helped me make up my mind. Bless you my friend and I hope you are doing well. Always in my thoughts and Prayers.

    • Jim G

      Most people don’t know what “deferred compensation” is. It is a means where a hiring authority, in this case the ACS, tries to incentifies its CEO to stay with the “company”. ACS is no stranger to this type of compensation. John Seffrin makes less that $800,000 a year in salary, and recently took a cut in pay of over 6%. He’s been CEO for 23 years, and the deferred package is finally coming due, thus inflating for one year his compensation.

  • Tweik51514

    It would be interesting to see the incomes for executives od the Shriners Hospital For Children & St. . They both do research and are “no fee” hospitals. I assume all charities are not alike.
    Thanks for the article. Cindy

  • Darlene Dyck

    Thanks for this info – we totally agree! What I wonder is how can he sleep at night?

  • A fellow combatant with RCC

    I agree with you.  It truly disgusts me.  The over-inflation of CEO pay is absurd but at a non-profit it is disgusting.  The percentage of the money actually used to help cancer victims and families and research is so much lower than it should be. 

  • Asa

    Well said!  This is a timely and important point to make.  I hope the ACS listens!

  • Mary Suarez

    Thanks for this info —especially on the heals of the Korman foundation use of money.
    I had my kidney cancer surgery at the Mayo Clinic and have donated to their research program.  The difference the Drs. there get a salary based on experience, not on how many patients they see etc.

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  • Mary A.

    In my tiny town in Texas, we raised hundreds of thousands for the ACS – actually, more than one million – over a 10-year period through Relay for Life. Then, when a local family had trouble paying for gas money to drive Mom to her breast cancer treatments at a large cancer hospital 90 miles away, the ACS sent ONE $50 gift card to Target – and no more . . . regardless of the fact that we have no Target, and Target has no gasoline pumps . . . we were informed there would be no more aid coming her way. This was the FIRST TIME our local cancer support group had turned to ACS for ANYTHING. As a result, we will not have a Relay for Life here in town any longer, and we’ve pooled our fundraising skills to help local families in need, since the fact that we are not in Dallas or Houston has worked against us with the ACS. Glad to see these morally deficient people getting their fair share of negative publicity.

  • Roseblazer

    I’d love to know where you get you information from… Please cite sources! Otherwise I consider this a strictly biased opinion post. Thanks

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  • hernandofundraiser.com

    This is why I started my own fundraising website that helps people in my county.
    All of the money raised feeds family’s and supplies basic needs. The greed must stop. http://www.hernandofundraiser.com

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  • Deb

    How can you judge someone’s salary without knowing what he’s worth (talent-wise on the open market) and what he’s done for the organization? What if he spends essentially all his time raising funds for cancer…..would that make a difference in your opinion?

    • Anonymous

      HELL NO!!!!!

      • Cheryl

        I don’t see you going out there and organizing and running a multi billion dollar business. The concept of that large of a business is most likely beyond your scope of understanding. Obviously, if they paid someone to operate it minimum wage, they would get a minimum wage skill set.

  • Kim Coles

    The American Cancer Society raises BILLIONS of dollars every year and less than 10% goes to administrative and overhead costs. As an employee and a person who is on the ground working with volunteers in the community, planning Relay For Life events, fundraising, and working a lot of hours for minimal pay, I couldn’t care less what Dr. Seffrin’s paid to keep a billion dollar non-profit from tanking. $2M (if that’s the case) is not going to make or break cancer research. ACS is the second largest funder of cancer research behind the US government. Millions and millions of dollars more than every other cancer fundraising organization there is – combined. Would I like to get paid more? Hell yeah. But, like you said, most of us don’t do it for the windfall. I work with passion everyday and know that I am making a difference. I’m sorry people are so narrow-minded as to think one person will be the demise of cancer research everywhere. The rest of us are warriors making every attempt we can to save you – our family members, our friends, our coworkers, and millions of people we will never meet. Cancer used to be a death sentence – one in ten survived. Now it’s two out of three. We wouldn’t have gotten to this place without people like Dr. Seffrin leading us and, it’s very possible, someone reading this might not be alive had it not been for the, literally, life saving work we have done/are doing.

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